Short works

Books : reviews

Carl Zimmer.
At the Water's Edge: fish with fingers, whales with legs, and how life came ashore but then went back to sea.
Touchstone. 1998

Carl Zimmer.
Parasite Rex: inside the bizarre world of nature's most dangerous creatures.
Arrow. 2000

Carl Zimmer.
The Tangled Bank: an introduction to evolution.
Roberts and Company. 2010

Carl Zimmer.
She Has Her Mother's Laugh: the story of geredity, its past, present and future.
Picador. 2018

Heredity isn’t a simple matter of genes that pass from parent to child. It continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to the trillions that make up an adult. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors but we also inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to the technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new – broader-ranging – definition of what heredity is. In She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, Carl Zimmer provides it.